Chacaltaya and Moon Valley Tour

One day tour to Chacaltaya and to Moon Valley near La Paz in Bolivia. Majestic landscapes and one amazing view over the city La Paz from 5.200 meters over sea level and surprising forms on the Moon valley make this trip a must in La Paz.

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One day tour to Chacaltaya and to Moon Valley near La Paz in Bolivia. Majestic landscapes and one amazing view over the city La Paz from 5.200 meters over sea level and surprising forms on the Moon valley make this trip a must in La Paz.

Description

Chacaltaya (Mollo language for “bridge of winds” or “winds meeting point”, Aymara for “cold road” is a mountain in the Cordillera Real, one of the mountain ranges of the Cordillera Oriental, itself a range of the Bolivian Andes. Its elevation is 5,421 meters (17,785 ft). Chacaltaya’s glacier,  which was as old as 18,000 years, had an area of 0.22 km2 (0.085 sq mi) in 1940, which had been reduced to 0.01 km2 (0.0039 sq mi) in 2007 and was completely gone by 2009. Half of the meltdown, as measured by volume, took place before 1980. The final meltdown after 1980, due to missing precipitation and the warm phase of El Niño, resulted in the glacier’s disappearance in 2009. The glacier was formerly one of the highest in South America, located about 30 kilometers (19 mi) from La Paz, near Huayna Potosí mountain.

Valle de la Luna (Moon Valley) is situated about 10 kilometers from downtown La Paz, in the Pedro Domingo Murillo Province, La Paz Department, Bolivia. It consists of an area where erosion has worn away the majority of a mountain, composed primarily of clay rather than rock, leaving tall spires. It is similar to another zone of La Paz that is known as El Valle de las Animas (The Valley of the Souls). It is an important site of the famous celebration “Dias de los Muertos” (Day of the Dead). Because the mineral content of the mountains varies greatly between individual mountains, the sides of the mountains are different colors, creating striking optical illusions. A majority of them are a clear beige or light brown color, but some are almost red, with sections of dark violet.

The hotel collections begin from 8:00 am to 9:00 am, the hours of pick up are depending on the hotel’s direction.

From La Paz city to Chacaltaya it takes about 2 hours with the car, in Chacaltaya we are located at 5.300m. There we walk, and we stay aprox. one hour and thirty minutes, then we take the transport with destiny to the moon valley (valle de la luna) there we have a circuit of 45 minutes.

In both places mentioned the most outstanding thing are the landscape at this two sites, is ideal to take photos and feel the different weather we have in our city.

Note

The pick up are  from the hotels of the city center of la paz and the bus terminal.

The pick up are not possible from the southern zone, zona villa fatima and the airport of the city of el alto.

The price includes

Hotel Pick Up
Shared tourist transportation (10 to 20 pax)
English- spanish tourist guide

Not included are

Entrance fee to chacaltaya 15 bs.
Entrance fee to the moon valley  (foreign) 15 bs.
Food and drinks

This tour is available all the year around, in winter warm clothing is needed. We strongly recommend to take with you a jockey or similar, skin and eyes protection.

The tour is suitable for all, please consider you will be at about 5.200 meters over sea level.

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